- Watch Cleopatra, look up Cleopatra.
- Watch Peter the great, look up Alexander Menshikov.
- Watch 3 mile Island disaster, look up nuclear power.
- Hear about Serbo-Croatian terrorist put a bomb in a NY subway locker, look up Serbia and Croatia in the Atlas and find out they were part of Yugoslavia (at the time).
- have to do a report for school, do your initial research at home in the encyclopedia before you went to the library with the article’s bibliography.
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So years ago when I was in college RIT announced that the IEEE was sponsoring a visit from Maurice Wilkes, the inventor of the EDSAC, one of those single named computers that we all learned the history of when we were in school. All of us geeks went to the auditorium and he told us stories about the first bug and all the different things that happened in the evolution of computing during the 40’s and 50’s. So finally the Q&A portion of the lecture began, and people asked some not controversial questions, clarifying history, talking about networking’s effect on computing (this was the era of token-ring vs ethernet debates). Finally some yahoo, who just had to ask a question, asks the following:
Yahoo: Professor, where do you come down on interrupt driven vs polling
Wilkes: (without any hesitation and a sort of disbelieving look on his face) There is only polling.
A stunned silence came across the room. Then the whole place busted up in laughter. Partly at the yahoo for asking such a stupid question to a god of computing, but partly because most of us had just been taught a lesson in 4 words that actually should have known ourselves from what we were learning in school at the time. We just never thought about it. I’m sure there are things like this story in other fields…obvious things that no one asks themselves but when someone finally asks, the answer was “well duh of course”
Anyway, I don’t know why that popped in my head today.